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Päivi Räsänen, Finland’s interior minister from 2011 to 2015.

Finnish MP faces criminal charges after tweeting Bible verse

Päivi Räsänen said: “I cannot accept that voicing my religious beliefs could mean imprisonment.” Read more

A priest holds palms on Palm Sunday.

Diocese: Priest’s omission of palm blessing in protest over Vatican ruling ‘reprehensible’

A Catholic diocese in Italy has said that a priest’s refusal to bless palms on Sunday because of the Vatican’s... Read more

Then-Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, now prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, speaks at the Holy See press office, Sept. 8, 2015.

More than 200 German-speaking theology professors criticize Vatican ‘no’ to same-sex blessings

More than 200 theology professors in the German-speaking world have signed a statement criticizing the Vatican’s rejection of blessings for... Read more

Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life.

Cardinal Farrell: Blessings are for marriage, but Church’s pastoral life is for all

The Church’s pastoral life is open to all people, but blessings are reserved for couples who are married according to... Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing at the German bishops’ spring meeting in February 2021. Credit: Sascha Steinbach/epa pool.

‘There are no easy answers’: Head of German Catholic bishops responds to Vatican’s ‘no’ on same-sex blessings

A leading German Catholic bishop has responded to the Vatican’s rejection of blessings for same-sex couples by saying that there... Read more

The then Archbishop Luis Ladaria at the Vatican Press Office Sept. 8, 2015.

Full text: Vatican’s doctrinal office response and note on the blessing of same-sex unions

Here is the full text of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s response to a question on... Read more

Vatican’s doctrinal office: Catholic Church cannot give blessings to same-sex unions

The Vatican’s doctrinal office on Monday clarified that the Catholic Church does not have the power to give liturgical blessings... Read more

Bishop Peter Kohlgraf of Mainz. Credit: Bistum Mainz.

German Catholic bishops call for change to Catechism on homosexuality

A German Catholic bishop has publicly defended his support for a book of blessings and rites for homosexual unions.  Read more

President Donald Trump. CNA file photo.

Catholic Trump supporters respond to Log Cabin GOP endorsement

After President Trump welcomed an endorsement as “the most pro-gay president in American history,” some of the president’s Catholic supporters... Read more

The cofounders of Eden Invitation, Shannon Ochoa (left) and Anna Carter (right).

Eden Invitation: A Catholic ministry ‘beyond the LGBT paradigm’

Shannon Ochoa remembers recognizing that she was attracted to women from a pretty young age.  Read more

Filipino Catholic college defends stance against homosexual acts

The college maintains that in alignment with Catholic teaching, no sexual orientation is prohibited, but certain sexual acts are.  Read more

Archbishop Franz Lackner.

Austrian bishop says he launched study, but not book, on Catholic blessings for same-sex couples

The newly elected president of the Austrian bishops’ conference has sought to clarify his role in the publication of a... Read more

In Italy, new book suggests changes to Catholic doctrine on homosexuality

A book published by an employee of the Italian bishops’ conference, which claims to be inspired by Pope Francis' Amoris... Read more

Fr. Philip Bochanski, executive director of Courage International. Courtesy of Carmel Communications.

Courage director responds to Austrian book on same-sex Church blessings

Courage director responds to Austrian book on same-sex Church blessings  Read more

Book calling for Catholic blessing of homosexual couples was requested by Austrian bishops' conference

A book considering how homosexual couples might receive a formal, liturgical blessing of their union in the Catholic Church was... Read more

Fr. James Martin, SJ.

After Archbishop Chaput warning, bishops weigh in on Fr. James Martin

After the Archbishop of Philadelphia urged caution regarding the message Fr. James Martin, SJ, other bishops have weighed in on... Read more

Should Catholics attend 'pride' events?

On June 1, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence tweeted that Catholics should not attend Pride events during the month of... Read more

'Lust is a monster': Gay porn star quits industry, joins fight against porn

An actor who has been featured in dozens of homosexual pornographic films has announced his exit from the industry and... Read more

Georgetown Visitation high school.

After alumni organize advocacy, Georgetown Visitation will recognize alumnae same-sex legal unions

Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, DC, is run by the Salesian Sisters of the Order of the Visitation of... Read more

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French bishops defend natural law, human dignity against ‘law of nature’

The bishops of France have published a new document offering a summary of the Church’s teaching on the dignity of... Read more